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Race to Read

Doby's Mill Elementary adds 8K to annual race to benefit Kershaw County Library

Posted: September 2, 2010 1:59 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2010 5:00 a.m.

As the sweltering summer temperatures slowly begin to cool down, another running season is getting ready to heat up.

So for those residents thinking about participating in a race during the upcoming months, look no further than Doby’s Mill Elementary School’s (DMES) sixth annual Race to Read this October.

Since it’s inception in 2004, the local Race to Read has only consisted of a 1-mile race. But this year, DMES Media Specialist Betsy Long said county residents may be pleased to find that the race has expanded tremendously.

“For the past five years, it was just a 1-mile run,” Long said. “But this year we wanted to make it a real race and open it up to a lot more people, so we will also have an 8K race with chip timing.”

The DMES Race to Read began six years ago as a partnership between the school and Kershaw County Library.

“We really wanted to form a bridge with the public library,” Long said, adding that this year’s race will be sponsored by KershawHealth. “We just wanted to strengthen the bond between the two libraries because we offer the same kind of services. The proceeds will be donated to the public library because that is still the student’s library, too. After all, it’s where they go during the summer months.”

During the last two years, Long said she has watched the race grow to having at least 150 runners and walkers. But with the addition of an 8K course, she hopes many more runners will be inspired to participate and help their local public library.

“It’s the first time we’re adding the 8K and we’re just really excited about it. The course for the 8K is just beautiful, it has gorgeous rolling pastures and hills,” she said. “But we’re still going to keep the 1-mile walk and run, because kids really look forward to that, and because a lot of parents enjoy walking with their kids on the 1-mile course too.”

So whether you’re a serious runner, trying to get back in shape or just looking to enjoy a 1-mile run/walk with your family, Long said this race will offer something for everyone.

“We really want to open it up to more people this year and it all goes right along with (KershawHealth’s) mission,” Long said. “We’re trying to promote health and reading. We’re doing a real big push for fitness this year and we’re hoping to increase awareness. This race should be lots of fun and I’m really excited about it.”

To sign up for the Race to Read 8K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, visit Columbia Running Club’s Web site at

The race begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 at DMES. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.


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